Vacations Should Equal Fun Not Stress! Discover some great parenting travel hacks I have found to be life changing.
We have all been there, weeks on planning, packing, preparing for a family trip to only slowly discover we forgot to pack something, kids aren't adjusting to the new routine or surroundings, or the kids are getting stir crazy in the backseat, I have been you and I got you!
The Backseat Buddy
Traveling, church, traffic jams... just a few ideas of how you can use this! I have a crafty daughter who loves anything craft/coloring related here is how I use this to keep her busy and the list of questions including the dreaded "how much longer?" I found the bag here, and I ordered the large. The patches I found here.
I have packed everything customized to her interests. Crayons (twistables), post it notes, magnetic dolls, stickers and coloring books and empty journal pages. Yes, you can make it more your child's speed such as legos, fidgets, magnetic stories or puzzle pieces etc.
Routine Mix Ups
Just bringing their favorite stuffy will not cut it! Try to keep things as routine as possible. Pack a book or two (we pack one book of many stories for a nightly variety), their favorite blanket/stuffy, and their night time lullabies/white noise they use at home. My son has an owl that projects lights and plays lullaby music so the owl came with us and it helped him understand these are his night time cues. One of the biggest life saving saving hacks I discovered is this portable stool! I have linked here. My children are small and can't reach the sink or potty without a small stool so this travel stool was a game changer. Trust me you don't want to spend your vacation/ picking them up to pee, wash their hands, and brush their teeth - especially if you have more than one kid!!
Avoiding the "We forgot the...."
I must say this on EVERY family vacation, except this year! I started a week prior to the trip just noting what I use on a daily basis from hair detangler to sunscreen. I apply this to my list I create for when I pack our suitcases. It really helped! This year I have a first aid kit with more practical things in it such as nail clippers! (You would be surprised how many times we break our nails on a trip). When I make our list of things to pack my husband and I divide them into categories. Bathroom Needs, Clothes, Swim and Accessories, Snacks/Drinks, Baby Needs, etc. and build from there. It also helps that when we map our list we bounce back ideas on what to pack we are good at reminding each other of things we may have forgotten, it's like proofreading in a way. My husband also makes a list of house things to check before we leave which is really helpful when we are all piling in the car. He will include checking if things are unplugged, stove is off and all that kind of stuff which has taken the stressful "Oh my gosh, did I turn off the stove!" feeling away.
Have fun and make memories!
No matter if it's a quick trip to a splash pad, or a 2 week trip far away the most important part is being safe and having fun! Safe travels!